Mittwoch, 1. Oktober 2014

Olli Ahvenlahti - The Poet


Many groove fanatics have been chasing Olli Ahvenlahti's "The Poet" for quiet a while. It features incredible jazz grooves by the Finnish composer. Originally released in 1976 this LP now sees a re-issue by Mr. Bongo.

Centred around the most popular track "Grandma's Rocking Chair" this album leads you from one funky jazz rhythm to another. All tracks are well orchestrated by the man who also contributed in Finland's entries to the Eurovision Song Contest. From cinematic moods in the opener and title track "The Poet" to uptempo tunes with funky rhythms and dynamic horns like "Sambatown (Rock Ridge)" this album really shows you why it has been on the list of so many diggers.

You can stream it for free on Soundcloud or get it here.

Dienstag, 30. September 2014

Best Of September '14





Mammal Hands - Animalia


With Nick Smart on piano, Jordan Smart on saxophone and Jesse Barrett on drums Mammal Hands feature a classic lineup. Just like their label-mates GoGo Penguin they are more oriented towards a more or less minimal kind of songwriting. Mostly it is a simple piano pattern that carries the track over a clever arranged rhythm. The saxophone is usually occupied with playing the lead melodies which evolve out of the piano pattern that is the keystone to the songs structure. It is also the key to the tracks' steady movement that flows through different moods and dynamics...more







Headquake - Into The Spiral


Bridging the spheres of heavy psychedelic sounds and stoner rock, Athens-based band Headquake is about to release their brand new album "Into The Spiral". It marks their second full length LP after a selftitled album seven years ago. Drawing influence from a number of bands like Kyuss or Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Headquake seems to develop their individual sound by using only certain elements and transforming them into something new...more







Context & Jimmy Flipshyt - Fire In The Basement


With Context and Jimmy Flipshyt one of the funkiest Hip Hop duos of the last years return. Just listen to their last EP "The Shadows" and you will know what this incredible australian collaboration is able to do with their combination of beats and rhymes. The new EP is called "Fire In The Basement" and features another 8 excellent tracks. It's the kind of Hip Hop that will make you nod your head to positive vibes and fresh productions...more








The Downtown Rulers Club EP


There is a new soul band in town featuring Beto Martínez (Brownout & Grupo Fantasma) on guitar and Alex Chavéz on vocals. The Ben Hito-styled cover above is proof that their debut EP is released through no other than the incredible Paris DJs crew. The group is completed by Greg Gonzalez on Bass, Jeremy Bruch on Drums, Josh Levy on Saxophone and Mark Gonzalez on Trombone. Their genuine sound is rooted in classic funk breaks and contemporary soul. Working their way through slow ballads like "Standby" and swingin funk tracks like "All My Stories" the Downtown Rulers Club always stays true to the principles of solid song writing and a flexible grooves...more







Telepathy - 12 Areas


After their successful "Fracture" EP it was only a matter of time until the british band Telepathy would end up releasing a complete album. The instrumental rockers already received a number of positive reviews and "12 Areas" is another example of the band's monstrous sound and dynamic songwriting. From the first note Telepathy does one thing foremost: creating atmospheres. Minimalistic tensed atmospheres that are bound to burst into huge riffs and rhythms...more







Spritual Jazz Vol. 5: The World


What can you say about Jazzman Record's Spiritual Jazz series? Time and time again it proved to be one of the best compilation series out there and volume five is raising the bar yet again. The simple title "The World" displays the various roots of these rare jazz pieces, which have almost never seen a reissue. Jazzman's digging brigade worked their way through tons of records from all over the world. The result is a collection of deep jazz tunes from south America, Japan, eastern Europe and various other places. The main focus is on tracks from 1961-1979, a time in which jazz played a crucial role in the contemporary music scene, unlike today...more
 

Montag, 29. September 2014

Lack Of Afro - Freedom (Single)


"Freedom" is the opening track to Lack of Afro's incredible new album "Music For Adverts" that now appears in a nice single format. You can choose to either go for the two track 45 version or the digital package which includes some more splendid tracks like a remix by the Gene Dudley Group and two instrumentals in "Living under clean Conditions" and "Here We Go Again".

The single itself features Jack Tyson-Charles on vocals who appears on various tracks on the LP. It's got the groove and the soul which transforms every track by Lack Of Afro into a classic.



In case you missed the album or if you can't play the video above, here's a full stream of "Music For Adverts" including the single:

Samstag, 27. September 2014

Headquake - Into The Spiral


Bridging the spheres of heavy psychedelic sounds and stoner rock, Athens-based band Headquake is about to release their brand new album "Into The Spiral". It marks their second full length LP after a selftitled album seven years ago.

Drawing influence from a number of bands like Kyuss or Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Headquake seems to develop their individual sound by using only certain elements and transforming them into something new. Like the use of heavy riffs with a floating rhythmic character in "Spiral" or the uptempo grooves in "All Life Long" that showcase a serious stoner attitude. Though you might find some very nice and fast rocking tracks on this one like "Evil Spirits", I have to go with the slower, aforementioned floating tunes, that really stand out on this album. The psychedelic moods and melodic riffs of "Sky Is The Dream" are probably the best example to sum up Headquake's sound. "Into The Spiral" will be available early October through Dia de los muertos Records

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Freitag, 26. September 2014

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks - Daddy (Single)


Melbourne's funk and soul combo The PutBacks are about to drop their next record "Dawn" featuring singer Emma Donovan. The album will be released on Hopestreet Records in early November. "Daddy" is the first track taken off the LP that is shared with the public and free to download.

Beside Donovan's vocals this tune features a minimalistic rhythmic instrumentation with occasional psychdelic outbreaks. Definitely not your typical soul track. There's a certain tension and an irresistible grooving character to this one that should make any listener curious about what's to come on the full album.

Get your free download right here.


Donnerstag, 25. September 2014

Outhead - Send this Sound to the King


Being influenced by various genres like punk rock, Alex Weiss, alto saxophonist and member of the group Outhead, might not be your typical jazz saxophone player. On "Send this Sound to the King" he rejoins with his fellow musicians Charlie Gurke (baritone saxophone), Rob Woodcock (Bass) and Dillon Westbrook (Drums) to play an highly interesting brand of jazz.

Though I can't seem to recognize any specific punk rock elements on this album besides a noisy guitar here and there, it still carries an individual style and spirit. A track like "The Palimpsest" might be a good example: The first thing we can hear is the perfect blend of two saxophones playing together. The next thing is the rhythm section kicking in, which is more or less the trademark of this group. Steady rhyhtms and a dynamic bass provide a solid groundwork in each track for the melodic saxophone symbiosis. "The Chairman" is probably the most grooving song on "Bring this Sound to the King". It also shows that this group knows how to arrange and orchestrate - There is a clear structure to each tune and every solo and improvisation that you will hear is perfectly embedded in it. Playing smooth notes while bringing that certain element of surprise at the same time is what makes this band unique.

You can stream the album on Alex Weiss' Soundcloud.

Dienstag, 23. September 2014

Straight from Philly 1992-1995 EP


I'd like to introduce you to another recent gem of the Chopped Herring Records catalogue. Focussing on tracks from Philadephia of the 1992-1995 period another limited vinyl release is coming your way.

This sampler is part of a producer series featuring Darrin Ross who is most famous for his work on Lord Aaqil's "Check it Out". The six tracks on this one should give you six new reasons to know and appreciate the artists Ross worked with. Each tune is a rare rap joint that is featuring that dope an gritty old school flavour that we have come to expect from this label.

  The Clique - Hassan Chop
  EMF Underground  - Straight From Philly
  ONF Crew - Check It Out  
  Pooh and Kev -  Out in the Place
  Wisecracks - Whaddup Black
  SikAzzClik - Can You Feel It

You can order the record right here or prelisten below.